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Radish Cocktail, Anyone?

My neighbor Annie is the queen of growing radishes.  I have never had good luck with them in my own garden, and she doesn’t even like them, so yes, you guessed it…. I am well-supplied with these lovely, spicy jewels! Radishes take me back to my childhood, and to one of my favorite beverages of […]

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HighMont Beef – a North Dakota Treasure for Heart Health

Do you enjoy the taste of beef, but worry about the saturated fat and cholesterol content?  Look no further than the Red River Valley Ranch in Walhalla. Recently, my artist twin sister Barb, her husband Paul, and I took a road trip up to Walhalla.  We had 3 agendas: do a little hiking in the […]

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Children and Veggies: Two Peas in a Pod

The other night as I was picking peas in my garden, I was blessed by two visitors: my neighbor and her 2-year old daughter Renee. I squatted down, opened up a pea pod, and showed Renee the big green balls inside. She looked at me strangely, not sure what to do.  So I pulled out a pea and popped one in […]

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And the Beet Goes On…

When you think of beets, what pops into your mind?  For many of you, you think of the deep red blood turnip, the one that bleeds into other foods on your plate if you aren’t careful. Others think of canned beets, soft and tender, sometimes too soft. Me?  I think of fresh white, gold, purple, red, and […]

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Gardening: Exercising Optimism

The renowned garden photographer Marina Schinz once wrote, “Gardening is an exercise in optimism.  Sometimes, it is a triumph of hope over experience.” Living in North Dakota, we may have an edge in this optimism and hope due to our long winters and cravings for spring.  We continue to exercise caution even when the weather warms […]

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Freelance Pecan-Crusted Walleye and Look…No Calories!

Some of you may have noticed that the recipes in my blog and on my kitchen site are a little different from those of other food bloggers. For starters, I am not rigid about measurements of ingredients.  I prefer to invite your creativity in the kitchen.  After all, do you see the chefs on the Food Network measuring […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie… ‘Tis, Green, Green, Green!

Whether you are Irish or not, ’tis always fun to go “green” on St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s also the perfect day to sneak Vitamin A-loaded green into your family’s diet! Enter the delicious St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Smoothie!  (Click on the recipe title for the full recipe.) And after March 17th is over, we can call […]

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Polish Coffeecake – Taking Mindful Eating to a New Level

What better surprise could there be on a cold winter day than a a package from my twin sister, Barbara!  Inside was a small piece of our childhood food, a family tradition, a beloved dessert…. a slice of Polish coffeecake!  No note, but knowing my twin well, she simply wanted to share. Yes, I poured […]

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